Russian border regions say Ukraine bombed buildings and cut power supply

Oct 13 (Reuters) – Authorities in two Russian regions near the Ukrainian border said on Thursday they had been bombed by Ukraine, damaging buildings and disrupting electricity supplies.

The governor of Belgorod region said a school was damaged in a village near the border and an apartment was hit in the city of Belgorod.

Video seen by Reuters showed rubble next to what appeared to be a building with a large rupture near its roof.

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An electrical substation in the Kursk region was damaged by a shell, knocking out electricity in two settlements, the region’s governor said.

Reuters was unable to independently verify this report.

Authorities said there was no information on casualties or injuries. Russian investigators said they had opened a criminal investigation into the shelling of the area and blamed the Ukrainian military. There was no immediate comment from Ukraine.

Regions bordering Russia have reported sporadic attacks since the invasion of Ukraine in February, including against targets such as fuel and ammunition stores. Ukraine has not admitted responsibility, but an official has called previous incidents “karma” for Moscow’s war actions.

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